World Games 2013 Cali: Highlighting Tuesday's Top Events in Colombia

Joe Strange@joe_strangeContributor IJuly 30, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11:  Andy Mapple of Great Britain competes in the Men’s Slalom Final during the Moomba Masters International Invitational Waterskiing Championships at the 2013 Moomba Water Festvial on the Yarra River on March 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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The 2013 World Games are now into their fifth day, with plenty of exciting action still to come before they finish on Sunday.

This year's event is being held in Cali, Colombia, with some traditional and some not-so-traditional sporting events taking place.

So far we've seen everything from artistic roller skating and waterskiing, to lifesaving and fin swimming.

Here's a few of the games you can look forward to on Tuesday.


Tuesday sees the start of the men's and women's powerlifting competitions, with the lightweights in action first.

Powerlifting, unsurprisingly, is a strength-based sport in which competitors get three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts—squat, bench press and deadlift.

Also a Paralympic sport, powerlifting evolved from a sport called odd lifts, in which competitors had three attempts at a wide variety of different lifts.

Both the male and female lightweights will be weighed in order to prove their eligibility for the competition. They will then compete over the course of two-and-a-half hours before the top three are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

Tumbling Gymnastics

Tuesday also sees the first and only day of tumbling gymnastics competition, with both the men's and women's competitions taking place.

Tumbling, as it is commonly known, is an acrobatic discipline which combines the artistry of floor gymnastics with the aerial element of trampolining.

The sport is performed along a 25-metre spring track, with competitors given two opportunities to impress with their skill, speed and invention.

Expect to witness some of the most awe-inspiring scenes of the entire World Games during this event.


The final day of ju-jitsu competition occurs on Tuesday as both men and women, at a number of different weights, battle it out for gold.

Ju-jitsu is an ancient Japanese martial art which encompasses throwing, joint-locks and striking. It traditionally focuses more on pinning, choking and strangling techniques than other martial arts like karate.

The sport, like all martial arts, is based around self-control and respect. Judges score competitors on successful moves, technique and adhering to the rules.

Think of it as brutality with handshakes at the end.